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British firms awarded £20M for marine energy

Government scheme Marine Energy Array Demonstrator has awarded British renewable energy developers MeyGen and Sea Generation Wales a share of £20M to develop tidal turbines.

The money will be spent testing turbines in existing formations at sea. MeyGen will work with Andritz Hydro Hammerfect 1.4MW turbines in Pentland Firth, Scotland. Sea Generation Wales will be testing SeaGen-S 2MW turbines in Anglesey, Wales.

The funding competition was launched in April 2012 and required bid to be able to produce 7GWh per year.

“This £20M will give MeyGen and SeaGeneration Wales the boost they need to leap to the next level and text their innovative turbines in formations out at sea,” said energy minister Greg Barker.

“These projects will provide valuable insight into how best to harness the power of the sea and take us one vital step closer to realising the full potential of marine in our future energy mix.”

Projects are to be up and running by the end of March 2016.

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